Two closure orders were served on Irish food businesses in September
"It is disconcerting that we continue to see the need to take enforcement action for insufficient pest control issues."
Two Closure Orders were served on food businesses during the month of September, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The food businesses were issued with the orders for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998.
The Closure Orders were issued by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and authorised officers in the FSAI.
Two Closure Orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:
- Boojum (Restaurant/Café), Patrick Street, Limerick
- New World (Takeaway) (Closed area: The food storage room in the rear yard), Unit 5, Muirhevnamore Shopping Centre, Glenmore Park, Muirhevnamore, Dundalk, Louth.
The reasons for the Closure Orders in September include: the accumulation of sewage and wastewater in the basement accompanied by a strong unpleasant smell; and evidence of rodent activity in the food storage area, posing a serious risk of contamination to food.
One prosecution was served under Regulation (EC) 178/2002 in relation to:
- Hoi Wun Chinese Takeaway (Takeaway), 48 Main Street, Finglas, Dublin 11
One prosecution was served under the European Communities (Labelling of Beef and Beef Products) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No 435/2000) in relation to:
- Zaiqa Foods (Wholesaler/Distributor), Unit D 18, South Ring West Business Park, Tramore Road, Cork
More details on the closure orders are available on the FSAI website here.
"It is disconcerting that we continue to see the need to take enforcement action for insufficient pest control issues," Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI.
"While the number of Closure Orders was low in September, it was disappointing to see another month with Orders relating to the presence or evidence of rodents in food premises. Food businesses must ensure that robust pest control systems are in place to achieve satisfactory hygiene standards and provide customers with safe food.
"Incidents involving rodents in food preparation areas reflects poorly on the majority of food businesses who operate to high standards of food hygiene.”
She added: “Failures in sewage systems should also sound alarm bells for food businesses.
"It is simply unacceptable for a food business to continue to operate when their sewage or wastewater systems have issues."